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Volume 28, Number 3 (September/October)

The Role of Vitamin D in Diabetes (pages 4-8)

Jean Rifkin, R.D., C.D.E., Ph.D.

There is some evidence that vitamin D plays a role in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Rifkin reviews vitamin D sources and requirements and examines the latest evidence for a connection between vitamin D and the risk of developing diabetes.
Diet therapy and nutrition
Management strategies and tools

Practical Management of Diabetes in Children (pages 10-16)

Carisse Orsi, M.D., and Lauren Pankratz, M.D.

Type 2 diabetes does not affect only adults. Its prevalence among children is rising, and physicians are increasingly called upon to treat children with Type 2 as well as those with Type 1 diabetes. Drs. Orsi and Pankratz offer a thorough review of both conditions in children, examining their presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and complications and providing practical guidance on managing them.
Childhood diabetes

Insulin Pump Therapy in Children and Adolescents (pages 17-24)

Jean Corrigan, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., C.D.E.

Children are not small adults; this fact is particularly relevant as it relates to insulin pump therapy, which can present special difficulties in the pediatric population. With this in mind, the author describes in detail how a pediatric practice can help children and adolescents, and their families, succeed with insulin pump therapy. The article includes advice on calculating insulin dosages, exercising safely, and choosing an insulin pump set.
Childhood diabetes
Drug treatmentInsulin
EquipmentInsulin pumps

Increased Risk of Cancer with Insulin Glargine (pages 24-27)

Charles A. Reasner, M.D.

Some evidence suggests a link between diabetes and cancer. The Editor reviews several studies examining this link, paying special attention to studies of insulin glargine and cancer risk. This commentary also includes a discussion of the various risk factors for breast cancer.
Drug treatmentInsulin

Shared Medical Appointments (pages 28-29)

Christine Peterson, C.R.N.P., C.D.E., Kathy Chicano, C.R.N.P., C.D.E., and Debbie Capone-Swearer, M.S.N., C.N.A., R.N.-B.C., N.E.-B.C.

Shared medical appointments (SMAs) represent a promising avenue for effective diabetes care. The authors describe their experience with SMAs, offering an inside look at how these group meetings can help people with diabetes reach their self-management goals.
Health services and insurance